Craftsmanship, heritage and subtle luxury are the hallmarks of modern Belgian design. With an emphasis on natural materials, earthy colours and a lack of clutter in pattern or print, the style is a welcome antidote to the ‘more is more’ excess of some of the more bombastic design trends over the past few years.
Reducing elements down to the bare minimum is also a hallmark of contemporary Belgian style, as seen in the gorgeous design for the TriBeCa Penthouse at the Greenwich Hotel. To achieve the perfectly calm, luxurious style Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt and Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki created in the penthouse, draw on timeless fabrics, raw materials and products built to last – and keep the features to a minimum. Paired with deep paint hues and striking stone and wood elements, this is an aesthetic built to last.
Top off the selection with some creamy bedlinen to introduce a lighter tone and gentle texture. The Raffia quilt cover by Abode has undergone a vintage treatment to create a casual, worn-in appearance, keeping in with the soft industrial touches throughout this interior style.
Eschew bright whites and matte blacks for softer shades of grey, cream and brown. These Abode towels are plush enough to feel like a luxury hotel feature yet practical for daily use, enhanced with a hanging hook.
From AUD $19
Stripping back an interior to the raw elements gives some room to play with contrast. Small touches like this Carrara Marble try by Hay Studios at Cult add personality without jarring against the stone and wood aesthetic of Belgian design.
Basalt Grey Neolith
This grounding neolith stone from CDK Stone has a raw yet sleek aesthetic, perfect for bathrooms, kitchens and both indoor and outdoor spaces. Softer than a matte black, the dark grey fits nicely into the subdued Belgian style.
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These wooden hooks by Chris Colwell are made from timber oak and supplied with a raw finish, designed to patina with age. The minimal style and simple shape fit nicely with any style, but the warm colour of the wood is well-suited to the rustic Belgian approach.
$20 – $70 AUD
The Bruhg Linen Armchair from Hale Mercantile is simple yet elegant, with a classic European style to easily mix with other pieces or stand out on its own. Think of it as the essential reading chair – next to a roaring open fireplace, of course.
Bauwerk almost every colour under the rainbow in their limewash paint collection, but for an effortless natural style we love the North or White Fig for milky grey tones, just the right balance for earthy materials.
A good hand wash is hard to find, an aesthetically-pleasing one even harder. The matte, monochromic look of this bottle from Hunter Lab should blend nicely with deep hues and dark materials, and smells delicious too.
A minimal, sleek mirror that is designed to lean on a wall, creating a relaxed style. Designed by Flaviano Capriotti for Poliform, the mirror comes in materials such as brown nickel and can be matte painted for a more rustic effect.
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